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In Pictures: Grangemouth strike

Sun rising over Grangemouth

The 48-hour strike began at 0600 BST on Sunday as last minute talks failed to find a solution to the dispute between workers and management at the Grangemouth refinery

Picket line outside Grangemouth

About 1,200 members of the Unite union joined the picket lines outside the huge oil facility in central Scotland

Grangemouth worker walking across zebra crossing

The protests remained good natured despite the bitterness of the row over pensions which led to workers walking out

Young girl wearing Unite t-shirt

The families of striking workers turned out in force to show their support

Jim Ratcliffe leaving the Ineos building

Ineos owner Jim Ratcliffe arrived at the refinery for further talks amid increasing political pressure for a settlement to be found

Motorist filling up with petrol

Several filling stations across Scotland introduced petrol rationing as fears grew that the strike, which also closed the crucial Forties pipeline, would lead to fuel shortages

Man filling jerry cans at a filling station

Some worried drivers, like this man in Edinburgh, stockpiled fuel in jerry cans despite warnings that panic buying would only make the problem worse, with reports of some pumps running dry

The Bro Developer

Emergency fuel supplies were shipped in from across Europe on tankers like the Bro Developer, which carried 14,000 tonnes of diesel from Rotterdam

John Hutton, John Swinney and Gordon Grant at Grangemouth

UK Business Secretary John Hutton joined Grangemouth general manager Gordon Grant and Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney for talks at the plant as staff returned to work on Tuesday

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